Scottish Climbing Conditions Blog

Welcome to the West Coast Mountain Guides diary and conditions page, which is updated regularly throughout the year.  During the winter, there will be plenty of up-to-date information and reports regarding the latest mixed and ice climbing and mountaineering conditions in the Scottish Highlands, and in particular, on Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and in Glencoe.  We’ll also be posting accounts of our latest trips, both work and play.

If you have any up-to-date conditions reports and photos that we can include in our blog, please drop us an email:
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Unseasonably cold on Skye

The May bank holiday saw us delivering the first of many days…
May 3, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Green Gully, Ben Nevis: the never-ending winter!

Winter just keeps on giving! Some climbers, understandably,…
April 26, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Glorious day on the Aonach Eagach, Glencoe.

It's certainly felt like a long time coming, but yesterday,…
April 17, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Adventure climbing on Boa Constrictor, Aonach Air Chrith in Glenshiel

Ken: Happy New Year to you all, I hope that despite current…
January 2, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Titan Cracks, Ben Nevis

Scott, Dave and I opted for Titan Cracks on No. 4 Gully Buttress,…
December 10, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Season opener: Hobgoblin and Hanging Garden, Ben Nevis

Ken: Caspar and I made the most of a settled and wintry day…
December 3, 2020/by Ken Applegate

As good as it gets in the Cuillin Hills, Skye

Ken: For Marco and Mary's final day we finished off their…
October 14, 2020/by Ken Applegate

It's that time of the year again! Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Ken: It seems like only yesterday that we were running our…
October 10, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Lovely autumnal day on the Aonach Eagach, Glencoe

Today was a perfect autumnal day in Glencoe, with a few clouds…
October 5, 2020/by Ken Applegate

8 Munros down, 3 left to go on the Cuillin Ridge, Skye

Ken: This week sees us running our final 4 day Skye Munros…
October 1, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Great day on North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

Every time I climb North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor,…
September 28, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Lovely autumnal day on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

Ken: Back on home turf today. I was out with Phil, who has…
September 27, 2020/by Ken Applegate
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